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Resilience Training & Mentoring

heART Lab is an experiential learning program designed to teach resilience-building and self-regulation skills to young people, families, caregivers and educators.
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Phase I - Resilience Mentoring (for educators & caregivers)
Participants will learn how to implement preventive tools and strategies for reducing anxiety and self-regulating stressful emotions. 
Program elements:
  • Introduction Workshop:  Resilience and the Emotional Landscape

  • Weekly Group Coherence Hotspot Sessions (by Zoom)

  • Individual Mentoring w/HRV (Heart Rate Variability) training and real-time biofeedback technology.

  • Dedicated heARTflow workshop (combining Heart Coherence techniques with ART-making)

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Phase 2 - heART Lab (for students)
Students will learn how to implement preventive tools and strategies for reducing anxiety and self-regulating stressful emotions and be empowered to make smarter decisions, gain greater self-control and overcome blocks to learning.
Program elements:
  • Heart (heart-coherence breathing techniques with real-time biofeedback technology) 

  • Art  (painting, printmaking, crafts, music). 

  • Mind (self-regulation strategies to manage emotions and attitudes)

  • Body (body movement, stretching, yoga, dance, heart-healthy nutrition, gardening) 


OPTION 1:  Facilitator led (mobile classroom) 

Communities: parks, community centers, summer camps


Blended learning programs include use of technology to teach students to shift from stress and frustration to balance and resilience with real-time feedback.

  • Small group learning circles (tailored to age group)

  • Led by heART Lab facilitator(s) 


OPTION 2:  Educator-led

Schools:  school curriculum/culture integration, after school programs

heARTlab will provide training and software to educators to facilitate in their classrooms.

Why is Resilience so important for our youth?

Children experience more stress today than ever before. Young people are struggling most with their mental health. Anxiety is the leading mental health issue among today’s youth, and it is rising. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports:

  • one in three 13-18 year-olds has already experienced a major anxiety disorder. 

  • The proportion of youth ages 11-17 was 9 percent higher than the average in 2019.  

  • Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic youth ages 11-17 have been more likely than any other age group to score for moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression.  


While rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation are increasing for people of  all races and ethnicities, there are notable differences in Black communities, who have had the highest average percent change over time for anxiety and depression. 


Without early intervention, the youth in our community are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning.